In an Washington Times editorial, Obama's health care rationing, Obama is quoted as saying, "There's always going to be an asymmetry of information between patient and provider," he said. "And part of what I think government can do effectively is to be an honest broker in assessing and evaluating treatment options." He stated that "the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here."
The editorial concludes with this: "The time to really worry about your health is when a government bureaucrat, not your personal doctor, tells you what treatment you can have. Yet that's exactly the scenario endorsed by Mr. Obama. This position clearly leads to health care rationing. Nobody in the government or in any "political channels" should tell individuals how to make decisions about "the end of their lives." The only conversations happening should be personal, not democratic. It's not up to government to pull the plug."